In accordance with UFC president Dana White, we gained’t be getting the Jon Jones and Francis Ngannou superfight anytime quickly.
Jon Jones vacated his mild heavyweight title final 12 months so he may lastly transfer as much as heavyweight and the person many take into account the best of all-time has been often updating everybody together with his coaching forward of his transfer up in weight.
However it’s Derrick Lewis who might be getting the following shot and that combat is almost finalised.
“Derrick Lewis is subsequent in line,” White instructed the media after UFC 262. “He’s the man that deserves the shot on the heavyweight championship and yeah, we are going to get that combat executed. We’re not speaking about it but as a result of it’s in all probability not going to be till mid or late August.”
When requested whether or not former champion Stipe Miocic would combat the winner or not, White as soon as once more lower Jones out of the image.
“Jon has made it very clear he’s not going to combat Stipe. So, yeah [Stipe Miocic would fight the winner of Ngannou vs Lewis].”
It’s value noting that Lewis is one in every of solely two males to have overwhelmed Ngannou earlier than, so there’s some logic to creating this combat. Plus, he simply defeated the highly-ranked Curtis Blaydes, too.
For the superfight, the issue lies within the cash. Jones is undoubtedly an enormous star in UFC, however White’s argument might be there’s ranges to this.
Jones’ highest-bought PPV occasion was his second assembly with Daniel Cormier that pulled in 860okay buys.
For context, Conor McGregor has had seven fights over a million buys with one in every of them over two million buys.
Jones believes difficult the formidable and admittedly scary Ngannou for the heavyweight title is a blockbuster combat that will do large enterprise. He desires to be compensated as such and there’s no drawback with that – it’s a legitimately big combat.
Jones’ high 13 fights in his UFC profession have grossed over seven million buys and whereas not in McGregor’s league in any respect, he is likely one of the greater attracts within the sport all issues instructed. McGregor simply lives on one other stratosphere in that division.
Jones and Ngannou would possible draw over a million buys and maybe get properly on their option to two million, however with Jones wanting a assured purse of round $10 million to even get within the octagon, White appears unlikely to budge.
Once more, for context, essentially the most White has paid somebody up entrance for a combat is Conor McGregor and that was $three million for UFC 229 in opposition to Khabib Nurmagomedov. That was a wise funding as that card is the best purchased PPV in UFC’s historical past and by a distance.
It seems like Dana White gained’t be blinking first in these negotiations.